Eddie George recalls that when he started doing yoga while with Tennessee seven years ago: “The perception was that it was a girl thing.”
But if you’re 6’3″, 235 pounds and embarking on a career as a professional running back, you’re in position to change perceptions – which Eddie did.
“The introduction of yoga came upon me in 1997 – my second season in the NFL with the Houston Oilers,” Eddie admits.
“Now, I won’t entirely credit its benefits as to explaining why I am one of just two NFL running backs to never miss a start due to injury and rush for more than 10,000 career yards.”
“But I will attest to yoga as being one of the vital reasons why I did in fact stay nearly injury free during my nine years in the NFL,” George says proudly.
“With that said, early on during my experiences with yoga, I mainly sought its physical advantages only – flexibility and muscle tear/injury prevention – and you can bet the farm that those aspects of yoga were all very important for me. Especially with the amount of carries I was receiving in Coach Jeff Fisher’s run-first, ball-control offense.”